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Address: 91560 Highway 101, Florence, OR 97439-8233
Phone Number: +1 541-547-3111
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Considered the largest sea cave in the United States, this site is where...

Considered the largest sea cave in the United States, this site is where Steller sea lions and their cubs take shelter each year. Sea Lion Caves is a privately owned wildlife preserve and bird sanctuary. The Caves has been in operation since 1932 preserving and protecting the wildlife under our care. We are open 363 days a year only closed on Christmas and Thanksgiving day. Our normal hours of operation are 9 am until dusk year round. We are not a zoo and the animals are free to come and go as they please. The sea lions can usually be found at either of four locations on the property; in the Cave, in the water, at the Lookout/rockery, and on other nearby rock ledges. HOWEVER, THE SEA LIONS ARE NOT ALWAYS IN THE CAVE OR MAY BE MIGRATING OUT OF AREA - THEY ARE WILD ANIMALS AND COME AND GO AS THE PLEASE. CALL AHEAD FOR INFORMATION. Self-guided are the rule, but guided tours are available.

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The only thing that was missing was the Sea Lions themselves! That was too bad but they ladies at the ticket counter were sure to let us know, in advance, that they were not in... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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Orem, Utah
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25 reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

We stopped by while on our road trip in August. Thought about seeing the sea lions but decided to pass on paying monies to see them when just up the road you can see them for free. Views were okay and up the road was a cool view of a lighthouse.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Not updating very well, pretty much the same for 30 years, parking has still not been addressed very safely

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William C, Guest Relations Manager at Sea Lion Caves, responded to this review

Thank you for visiting Sea Lion Caves. Because we are an all-natural wildlife preserve and marine sanctuary the animals are free to come and go as they please. None of the animals are held in captivity. Sea Lion Caves is exactly as mother nature intended. We offer our visitors a rare opportunity to look behind the scenes and see this... More 

Bellingham, Washington
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28 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We were told that the elevator to the cave was being refurbished and inoperable since October 2016. We were there on December 1, 2016 and could only see the sea lions on a live web-cam feed.

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William C, Guest Relations Manager at Sea Lion Caves, responded to this review

Thank you very much for visiting Sea Lion Caves. Over the last few weeks, crews have been busy installing a new, state of the art, elevator at Sea Lion Caves. The new elevator was necessary to help assure that every guest has an enjoyable experience at Sea Lion Caves. Because of our remote location, sometimes these installations take a little... More 

British Columbia, Canada
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7 attraction reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The only thing that was missing was the Sea Lions themselves! That was too bad but they ladies at the ticket counter were sure to let us know, in advance, that they were not in residence at this time. We opted to buy the tickets anyways and were glad that we did - we did receive a rain cheque, which... More 

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Thomasville, Georgia
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a popular spot to stop and we were all looking forward to seeing the sea lions. First, walk to the north end of the parking lot to see a great view of the Heceta light. Better than on the beach below the lighthouse. My warning is this: you enter a building that is a giant tourist trap full... More 

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William C, Guest Relations Manager at Sea Lion Caves, responded to this review

Thank you for visiting Sea Lion Caves. We are not a zoo and none of the animals at Sea Lion Caves are held in captivity. There are occasions that we have no sea lions in the cave. It remains our policy to inform all visitors, prior to making a ticket purchase, if the sea lions are out to sea. We... More 

Sacramento, California
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The people were friendly but the rates were way too high. The cave wasn't as stinky as I remembered. My 5 year old loved it. And the history part of it we enjoyed

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William C, Guest Relations Manager at Sea Lion Caves, responded to this review

Thank you for visiting Sea Lion Caves. If you compare our pricing to similar family oriented attractions, you’ll find that our pricing is generally 10-30% below comparable venues. Our adult price is $14.00 each. Seniors are $13.00, children ages 5 to 12 are $8.00 and children 4 and under are free. Parking is also free. Your ticket allows you to... More 

Wasilla, Alaska
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3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great place to see sea lions. Take a sweater or jacket and binoculars. If using a camera use a faster asa setting than for daylight. It is dark and gloomy up on the gallery. When you exit the elevator the sea lion odor kind of assails your sense of smell. You get use to it quickly though. Watching these critters... More 

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Kelowna, Canada
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

It was off season when we stopped, the sea lions were out fishing - so they were closed to put in a new elevator. The shop was still a great stop and the lady at the till was so great with letting us know information as to when the sea lions were there, and how many and where they were... More 

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Florence, Oregon
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I've been visiting the Sea Lion Caves for 50+ years. It's an amazing close up view of the Sea Lions in their own habitat. The cave is incredible even if the Sea Lions aren't there. Well worth the trip down. Nice to walk around the property with stunning views of the ocean and Sea Lions swimming around. The gift shop... More 

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Perth, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The gift shop/entrance is easy enough to find on the 101, you can't miss it. However there was no external signage when we visited 3 weeks ago to tell us that the elevator was under repair/replacement, we had to go inside to find this out. However the staff were helpful and let us go out to the lookouts with no... More 

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